New American Standard Bible
The disciples then said to Him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."
King James Bible
Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
Darby Bible Translation
The disciples therefore said to him, Lord, if he be fallen asleep, he will get well.
World English Bible
The disciples therefore said, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."
Young's Literal Translation
therefore said his disciples, 'Sir, if he hath fallen asleep, he will be saved;'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
If the sleep, he shall do well - Sleep was regarded by the Jews, in sickness, as a favorable symptom; hence it was said among them, "Sleep in sickness is a sign of recovery, because it shows that the violence of the disease has abated" (Lightfoot). This seems to have been the meaning of the disciples. They intimated that if he had this symptom, there was no need of his going into Judea to restore him.
LibraryMarch 11 Evening
Jesus wept.--JOHN 11:35. A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.--We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities.--It became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.--Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks …
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He said, "Leave; for the girl has not died, but is asleep." And they began laughing at Him.
This He said, and after that He said to them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep."
Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He was speaking of literal sleep.
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